Frankly, I'm out of Code already, thanks to the ½" plywood my previous owners two back slapped down to underlay the ever-so-(un)attractive sheet vinyl they chose. The bottom riser is that much shorter than the rest even now, and it doesn't bother me. Would another half inch or so of tile, etc., matter that much?
|Test for riser comfort/safety|
Well, maybe I could pry up the plywood and make something out of the original tongue and groove floor beneath.
It was no go. I think the POs-1 didn't merely nail it, they glued it down as well. And I wasn't up to getting down with the circular saw and cutting it up into little puzzle pieces and heaving them up one by one. No telling what that'd do to the T&G. And there'd still be the dried adhesive to deal with. Hmm, no.
Withal, I've decided, the only thing for it is to fill and sand the plywood (which is a decent, regular, knotless, interior grade) and paint it. In a faux tile pattern that'll simulate the Gothic Revival tiles I always wanted. But first, I have to get the vinyl adhesive residue off.
|The product in question|
Ohhhhhhh, my. Easy release? Not so much. The label says to dilute it 4 to 1 with water, apply it to your dried, hardened glue, then wait one to two hours for the loosening action to work. I sprayed on the first application around 2:30 PM and according to the instructions renewed it every so often (every twenty to thirty minutes) to keep it wet and working.
After two hours, I went at the (theoretically) softened glue with my 5-in-1. No joy. It barely made a dent. Tried adding more adhesive remover to the bottle to make the mix more like 3 to 1. Squirted it on and waited another hour or so, reapplying at intervals.
|The ordeal begins|
|Done, barring the gunk hung up on the nailheads|
|I'm tired, I give up|
|Still to do, and only part of that|
I'll try to get the rest tomorrow. Pretty tired and disgusted now. The sander might be an option after all.